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  • LONDON, Oct 25- Ford will announce on Thursday that it is closing its van factory at Southampton, ending more than a century of vehicle production by the company in Britain, trade unionists and a source close to the U.S. car maker said.

  • EURO GOVT-Bunds pulled lower by gilts, Treasuries Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 8:44 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 25- German government bonds slipped on Thursday, pulled down by falls in UK gilts on signs of economic recovery and in U.S. Euro zone bond markets were still mostly at an impasse however, limiting moves, as they waited for a signal on when Spain may ask for financial aid-- a requirement if the European Central Bank is to buy its bonds.

  • FOREX-Yen weakens broadly on easing bets; euro recovers Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 8:40 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 25- The dollar hit a four-month high against the yen on Thursday as expectations of more monetary easing from the Bank of Japan kept the Japanese currency under broad pressure. The euro also rose against the yen, helped by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi's robust defence of his bond-buying plan before German lawmakers.

  • EXCLUSIVE-Huawei partner offered U.S. tech to Iran Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 8:30 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 25- An Iranian partner of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, a Chinese company that has denied breaking U.S. sanctions, last year tried to sell embargoed American antenna equipment to an Iranian firm, according to documents and interviews.

  • *Q3 sales fall 19 pct to $6.68 bln vs consensus $6.75 bln. Core EPS $1.51 vs consensus $1.44; full-year outlook held. LONDON, Oct 25- AstraZeneca's sales slumped by a bigger-than-expected 19 percent in the third quarter, underscoring the challenges confronting the drugmaker's new chief executive, Pascal Soriot.

  • European shares rise as China outlook helps lift miners Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 8:16 AM ET

    *China factory outlook boosts miners. *WPP, Daimler fall after earnings updates. LONDON, Oct 25- European stocks edged higher on Thursday led by miners after China said factory output was set to accelerate, but profit warnings hit WPP and Daimler.

  • Number of murdered Somali reporters grows to 16 Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 8:13 AM ET

    The irony for journalists is that Mogadishu, on the whole, is far safer than it was when the Islamist extremists, al-Shabab, controlled most of the city from 2007-2011. African Union troops forced al-Shabab out in August 2011, leading to less violence and a general revival of business, the arts and sports.

  • Union says Ford cutting 1,500 UK jobs Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 8:12 AM ET

    LONDON-- A union representing Ford workers says the company will cut 1,500 jobs in Britain, closing a transit van plant in Southampton and eliminating a stamping and tooling facility in east London.

  • Lending still weak in slack eurozone economy Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 7:55 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, German-- Another drop in lending to companies in the 17- country eurozone showed the economic downturn is deepening, as a brighter mood on financial markets fails to catch on with businesses.

  • LONDON, Oct 25- WPP, the world's largest advertising group, has cut its revenue outlook for the second time in as many months after a sharp slowdown in September in North America and Continental Europe hit its third quarter.

  • LONDON, Oct 25- Miner Anglo American reported increased volumes in five of its seven key commodities while bracing for the full impact of South African strikes on platinum and iron ore output.

  • LONDON, Oct 25- The dollar hit a four-month high against the yen on Thursday on expectations of monetary stimulus measures in Japan.

  • Weak earnings pressure European shares early on Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 7:12 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 25- European shares fell on Thursday as third-quarter results from the likes of WPP and UPM-Kymmene highlighted worries over the outlook for global growth and earnings and helped keep equities in a tight range.

  • Markets get earnings cheer ahead of Apple Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 7:07 AM ET

    German industrial conglomerate BASF, consumer products company Unilever and Swiss bank Credit Suisse all enjoyed strong share price gains after their reports. Procter& Gamble, for example, led the Dow Jones industrial average higher after the giant consumer products company reported earnings that beat analysts' expectations.

  • *Q3 sales fall 19 pct to $6.68 bln vs consensus $6.75 bln. Core EPS $1.51 vs consensus $1.44; full-year outlook held. LONDON, Oct 25- AstraZeneca's sales slumped by a bigger-than-expected 19 percent in the third quarter, underscoring the challenges confronting the drugmaker's new chief executive, Pascal Soriot.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 25- Brent futures rose above $108 on Thursday as positive economic data out of the world's top oil consumer, the United States, revived hopes of a recovery in demand growth, although a worsening outlook for Europe capped gains.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 25- Brent futures rose above $108 on Thursday as positive economic data out of the world's top oil consumer the United States revived hopes of a recovery in demand growth, although a worsening outlook for Europe capped gains.

  • World stocks rise on continued optimism over China Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 5:18 AM ET

    BANGKOK-- World stock markets mostly rose Thursday as investors kept their sights on a possible improvement in China's economy. Britain's FTSE rose 0.5 percent to 5,836.92. Wall Street appeared headed for a day of gains, with Dow Jones industrial futures rising 0.4 percent to 13,078 and S&P 500 futures adding 0.6 percent to 1,413.20.

  • UK recession over as economy grows 1 pct in Q3 Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 4:43 AM ET

    LONDON-- Britain's economy emerged from its nine-month recession in the July to September quarter, when spending on the Olympics helped it grow by a bigger than expected 1 percent, according to official figures released Thursday.

  • WPP: Ads income from Olympics, US elex disappoints Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 4:29 AM ET

    LONDON-- WPP PLC, the world's largest advertising group, has lowered its full-year outlook after not doing as well as expected from the Olympics, the U.S. presidential campaign and the European soccer championships.